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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

Radical Moderate Re:Not a jet pack (53 comments)

Fire departments do a lot of EMT work. This would be a great tool for getting a medic to an injured person in rugged terrain. But aside from that, I'm not seeing it either. And your medic will need to be well-trained in flying this thing, or he'll need a medic. Training is expensive, combined with the cost of buying this thing the market for these seems pretty limited.

In short, I don't see sales of this jet pack taking off.*ducks*

2 days ago

Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

Radical Moderate Yep. I'm two years older than Duncan (134 comments)

My high school did not have computers. The junior college I attended did, for those that took programming classes. Radio Shak was selling the TRS-80, we'd hang out at the mall and play Star Trek on it. So no, computers weren't everywhere, but they weren't hard to find. I have to confess I'm not familiar with PLATO.

about a week ago

Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Radical Moderate For the mathophobes... (188 comments)

Earth's gravity is roughly 10m/s^2, so the the comet's gravitational attraction is about ten thousand times weaker than ours. Disclaimer: I am not a physicist, and yes, I know "ten thousand times weaker" is crappy phrasing.

about two weeks ago

333 Km/h Rocket-Powered Bicycle Sets New Speed Record

Radical Moderate Heh! Indeed (51 comments)

I do love the fact that the thing has what appears to be a functional rear derailler.

about two weeks ago

US Postal Service Hacked, 500k+ Employees and Public Data Breached

Radical Moderate "Distribute"?? (46 comments)

" 66,734 attempts to distribute credit-card information..and 345,342 attempts to distribute social security numbers."

Is there a definition of distribute that I'm not aware of? If I break into a bank, I'm not trying to distribute a million dollars. Who are these hackers, Robin Hood?

about two weeks ago

President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Radical Moderate Comcast plays both sides (704 comments)

They give plenty to both parties . No reason to think Democrats are in their pockets any more than Republicans.

about two weeks ago

Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches

Radical Moderate It's a problem, but not just the feds: (61 comments)

From TFA: "Since 2006, there have been more than 87 million sensitive or private records exposed by breaches of federal networks, ..... By comparison, retail businesses lost 255 million records during that time, financial and insurance services lost 212 million and educational institutions lost 13 million."

My bank is constantly sending out new credit cards because businesses (hey there Home Depot!) won't implement basic security measures to prevent data theft. Data security is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, but "Blame the incompetent gubmint!!!" isn't where we should start.

about two weeks ago

We Are Running Out of Sand

Radical Moderate A beach can disappear very quickly (264 comments)

I used to work at a beach-front hotel on Maui, a storm wiped out our entire beach in a couple days and started eating away at the grounds of the hotel, until they brought in truckloads of boulders to protect it. It was pretty amazing. I'm told most of the sand at Waikiki was shipped from another island, don't know if that's true.

about two weeks ago

The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Radical Moderate Every tool has limitations (236 comments)

Be aware of them, and work within them or around them. You might need to upgrade your GPS receiver. My first android phone had GPS, but it was crappy to the point of being worthless.

about two weeks ago

Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Radical Moderate Two Words: Morning Joe (392 comments)


about three weeks ago

Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

Radical Moderate MS Office doesn't help (114 comments)

... almost every doc I open is opened in a locked state, Windows tosses up a message asking if I want to unlock it to make changes, or even to print it, I believe. That's a great way to train your users to click "OK" to every message they see.

about a month ago

The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Radical Moderate "Smiling workers"?! (275 comments)

I'm sorry, but something about that just sets my teeth on edge. Reminds me of old Soviet propaganda newsreels. I refuse to believe all 46,000 employees at the shipyard are smiling all the time...and if they are, something's seriously wrong. Unless he was there at 4:20

I also have a hard time believing someone named their son Alastair Philip Wiper, but the world is a strange place.

about a month ago

For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Radical Moderate But is this still a thing? (164 comments)

Back in the days of print, sure, get a dozen mags in your pocket and you can pass your crap off as gold, for a while anyway. But now? There's a billion gamer websites and blogs, and anybody posting a fluffy review will get eaten alive by their readers, pull that a couple times and you're credibility is toast.

I'm not asking rhetorically, I honestly don't know, I don't follow the gaming press much. I don't see how they can have enough influence to be worth paying off.

about a month ago

Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Radical Moderate Why fear the iMac? (355 comments)

They've been selling Retina displays for a couple years, slapping it on the iMac isn't rocket science. I do think it's an unnecessary feature that will jack the price, but the iMac went from being the cheap mac to the not insanely expensive Mac some time ago, so meh.

about a month ago

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Radical Moderate Re:Simple Answer Really (346 comments)

So by your logic, we should be paying 50 times as much per person for internet service. Yes, the US is bigger than Sweden, but there's no reason infrastructure, including internet, can't scale, or that in doing so the cost per user should increase. Sure you need more resources to do it, but being bigger, we have more resources.

about a month and a half ago

Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Radical Moderate Win7 has been good for me too (577 comments)

I rebuilt my XP boxes every year or so. I've had Win7 on the same box for 3.5 years, no problems. It could be that today's hardware is so over-powered, not even MS can generate enough bloat to slow it down.

That said, it would be nice if Win10 forced apps to behave better and kept the registry clean. Not holding my breath.

about 1 month ago



Microsoft to become more like Apple?

Radical Moderate Radical Moderate writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Radical Moderate (563286) writes "Inspired by Apple's recent successes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that MS is changing the way it deals with Dell, HP, and other hardware vendors to create "great end-to-end experiences". No word yet on what exactly that change entails, but analysts are speculating . The Seattle Post Intelligencer has the full text of Ballmer's e-mail. "
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